Floppy Disc Capacities [was Pictures of My Machine Room (So Far)]

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Tue Jun 19 23:50:41 CDT 2007


On 19 Jun 2007 at 21:23, Fred Cisin wrote:

> I would categorize as "something that you can get away with", rather than
> "reliably" to use more tracks that the drive was designed for.
> Will ALL of your drives step that many additional tracks?

Many diskette manufacturers put QA info on cylinder 80, side 0, 
including manufacturing date, which can be very handy sometimes.

But I've got at least two drives in my collection that will "hang up" 
on cylinder 82--the head sticks and will not retract--requiring 
manual intervention.  There are other drives where the position hits 
a stop after cylinder 81.

And the manufacturer doesn't QA the media that far anyway.

I suspect that Superdrives and USB floppies won't go out that far, 
though I haven't tested them.

Cheers,
Chuck




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